A NEW YEAR’S EVE PROPOSAL by Kim Findlay
SERIES: Cupid’s Crossing #3
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: December 28, 2021
A handsome stranger on New Year’s…
Leads to the surprise of her year!
Contractor Andie Kozak felt an instant connection to the stranger she met on New Year’s Eve. Then she discovered Trevor Emerson was the big-city architect working with her on the town mill—and he made it clear their relationship would be strictly business. Andie knows there’s tenderness underneath Trevor’s brusque demeanor. But can she risk everything she’s built to design a new life…and love?
Other Books In This Series
It’s always fun when, as readers, we can get a different perspective on the same story. Like we’re in on a secret of some sort. All those delightful ‘in the know’ feelings can be found in A New Year’s Eve Proposal – if you’ve read the first two Cupid’s Crossing books. Now, just to be clear, you don’t HAVE to read them before you read this one (it works well as a standalone, too) …. but it’s so much more fun if you do.
In A New Year’s Eve Proposal, Andie & Trevor’s meeting takes place during what we now know is the beginning of A Valentine’s Proposal. In fact, they’re the ones doing the renovations on Abigail’s mill that become the focal point of the town matriarch’s mission to change Carter’s Crossing into a destination for romance. I loved getting this ‘behind the scenes’ peek at the renovations as well as both Mariah/Nelson & Rachel/Ryker’s romances that we saw firsthand in the previous two books.
But let’s talk about Andie & Trevor’s romance, because after all that’s why we’re here. Both characters have so many layers to explore, including a pressure to succeed, and both are dealing with anxiety in some form, whether directly or indirectly. For Trevor, it’s his own anxiety that must be addressed; for Andie, it’s a close relative’s. There’s an instant connection between them, but their respective drives to succeed and the aforementioned anxiety issues prove to be roadblocks to a smooth happily ever after. All that suppressed attraction, though, can lead to some super swoony kisses, and I’m still fanning over one particular kissing scene! The timeline of this story takes place over a year’s period of time, so we really get to know these characters and watch their relationship develop, ebb and flow.
Bottom Line: A New Year’s Eve Proposal by Kim Findlay is a sweet romance with dimension and heart. Andie and Trevor are likable characters with whom readers can sympathize, which means you’ll be cheering them on in their individual growth as well as their slow-burn romance. Trust, anxiety, and obligation are all explored as their stories unfold, and the author handles these layers with warmth, dignity, and grace. If you’ve been following the Cupid’s Crossing books, you’ll love ‘the other side of the story’ that this third book provides, but it’s also a very accessible read to those who are new to the series with this installment. It will bring a smile to your heart – and to your face!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion
Kim Findlay grew up in Canada but now lives on a sailboat in the Caribbean. She gave up her accounting job to write romance novels. Life goals accomplished! Kim can be found reading, writing, and exploring paradise with her husband and the world’s cutest spaniel. You can find her at kimfindlay.ca, @missheyer74, or on Facebook and Instagram.
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